Join AHRQ’s National Project to Improve Care for Mechanically Ventilated Patients

Join AHRQ’s National Project to Improve Care for Mechanically Ventilated Patients

AHRQ, through a contract to the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality in Baltimore, is seeking hospitals to collaborate on a project to improve outcomes for patients on mechanical ventilation. The project focuses on safely shortening the duration of ventilation to prevent both short-term harms, such as ventilator-associated pneumonia, and long-term effects such as physical disabilities, lingering cognitive dysfunction and psychiatric issues that can last for months or years after a hospitalization. Removing mechanical ventilation as soon as safely possible not only prevents harms, but can also increase hospital efficiency by shortening length of stay.

Why participate?

  • Use evidence-based interventions to safely shorten the duration of ventilation, to reduce ventilator-associated harms, and to improve long-term outcomes through delirium prevention and early mobility.   
  • Harness data to drive improvement, using online tools to track performance in measures related to mechanical ventilation.
  • Tap into the wisdom of frontline staff and foster a culture of safety by adopting the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP).
  • Collaborate with patient safety researchers who have led successful national efforts to reduce preventable harm.

Orientation for the next project session begins July 2015. There is no fee to participate. To learn more, join us for informational webinars in April and May. You can register now or simply click a link 5 to 10 minutes before the start time.

Scientific expertise and educational presentations for this project are provided by the Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare Institute. Program support provided by the Michigan Health and Hospital Association’s Keystone Center.